Check dinner for Saturday, July 30 off the calendar. Join the EATinG Celebration at the West Valley High School Auditorium and celebrate the students of Fairbanks’ School Garden Initiative, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s summer garden program for teens.
Enjoy school garden-grown food prepared by students and local restaurants, such as Julia’s Solstice Café, The Pump House and L’Assiette de Pomegranate.
The students have also put together a multimedia presentation to showcase these six wonderful neighborhood gardens and the fruits of their labor.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Nearly 50 years old, Ryan Middle School has stood the test of time, but many feel the structure isn’t safe enough for students. Its concrete slab ceiling poses a risk during potential earthquakes. Before a full renovation can be done, the district is taking steps to make it sturdy for the time being.
Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Dave Ferree said engineers have found the building’s structure is quite solid in a vertical manner but could pose a problem if the building swayed side to side, as it might in an earthquake.
Ferree said the building has already been through a couple earthquakes and it “does not show any deformations or damage,” but needs to be put up to code.
Projects Manager Larry Morris said the repairs are about halfway through this summer. Contractors began working on the building in early June and should be completed in early August, in time for the beginning of school.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Fifty-six large, egg-shaped lead fishing sinkers were dropped one by one onto the aluminum pan deck of Garrett Shaw’s improvised watercraft before he called it quits.
“I know I could do more, but I don’t want to destroy it,” said the 11-year-old, who already had a wide lead for weight-bearing in the day’s engineering challenge.
But more importantly, Shaw wanted to take his sturdy catamaran-style boat, created with two-liter soda bottles, to the afternoon field trip — swimming at the Wescott Pool in North Pole.
Plastic recyclables coupled with children’s imaginations resulted in a motley assortment of surprisingly stable watercraft at the three-week summer program of the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Programs at Anne Wien Elementary. A similar program ran simultaneously at North Pole Elementary.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Ken Burnley, a former Fairbanks North Star Borough School District superintendent, died unexpectedly Saturday morning in Anchorage from complications of knee replacement surgery.
Burnley, 69, lived and worked in Fairbanks from 1981 to 1987. He was named National School Superintendent of the Year when he worked in Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1987 to 2000. He took on what he called a “daunting task” as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools from 2000 to 2005. In 2010, he returned to Alaska to work at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District as superintendent.
Burnley’s successor in Fairbanks, Rick Cross, began working for the district in 1982. Cross, who lives in Michigan, said Burnley was a positive person but could be a stickler when needed.
“He was pretty tough when I first came here,” Cross said. “Fairbanks politics can be mean street. He would just whistle and jingle his keys and never let it get to him.”Read full article
FAIRBANKS — As kids attend camps, play outdoors and travel to see family during the summer months, some teachers are opting to stay in the classroom. Some of those teachers take the students’ seats to experience a different role.
In Fairbanks for the past two weeks, 28 teachers from around Alaska, 18 of them from Fairbanks, have stepped into the role of the student to learn how to incorporate arts in the classroom. The Arts and Writing Integration Institute is sponsored by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium and is in its second year in town.
“It’s a summer camp for adults,” said Dora Powell, a principal-teacher at the John Fredson School in Venetie. Three out of six of the school’s teachers came for the program, with an obligation to teach another teacher back home what they learned. When they’re all done, the entire faculty will know how to incorporate arts in their lessons.
“With a lot of the children, they need to have the kinesthetic” teaching to succeed, Powell said.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Some people would prefer that grizzlies stay out of their camp.
When it comes to the Fairbanks Grizzlies and a summer math camp, the case is a little different.
Last Friday, a handful of Grizzlies players participated in lessons at the school district’s African-American Male Math Camp. It was the end of the camp’s first session, and more than 30 kids excitedly gathered for the football players’ autographs and to hear how they use math on the job. Teacher Geoffrey Randle said it was a well-deserved break for the kids.
Since June 6, students in kindergarten through sixth-grade have been spending their days at the J.P. Jones Community Development Center. They eat a brunch provided by the Alaska Summer Food Service Program, follow it with three hours of math — and some play time — then eat dinner before heading home.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Time is ticking for thousands of recent high school graduates who want to take advantage of Alaska’s ambitious new merit-based scholarship program.
The state believes thousands of students could be eligible this fall for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, a pet program of Gov. Sean Parnell that was passed by the Legislature in 2010. Those students are facing a cutoff date of June 30 to file a federal student aid form to begin the process.
The Legislature allocated $6 million to the Alaska Performance Scholarship to be divided among qualifying students. Depending on the number of applicants, top qualifying students could earn as much as $4,755 — the amount of a full-tuition scholarship at UA — while those with lower grades would earn smaller amounts.
The scholarship is open to Alaska high school graduates who complete a required number of high school core courses, have a grade-point average of 2.5 or more and get good scores on college-entrance tests. The scholarship must be used at an in-state institution.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough implemented what it calls a cost-saving technique: adding barcodes to textbooks.
Barcoding textbooks has already saved the district time and money, according to the district, when it comes to shuffling books between schools.
“It’s been so successful to move district-wide to a textbook information system, that this year we’ve brought the middle schools on,” said Peggy Carlson, curriculum director.
If one school didn’t have enough of one textbook — say an Algebra I book — the school’s employee would normally have to make numerous calls to other schools. If there were no more Algebra I books available, the school district would need to purchase them, Carlson said.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Erica Losee, 12, just finished the year at Woodriver Elementary School. As a sixth grader, she captured the attention of her teachers by setting a good example for others.
“Erica Losee has this incredible love of learning, exploration and a commitment to community,” teacher Karen Dullen said. “She is engaged, motivated and curious and challenges herself and her peers to have quality thoughts and questions in their final work.”
Dullen was impressed by a lot of Losee’s work, including an essay about Alaskan Native games and her writings on Newton’s Laws of Motion in her science notebook.
“Erica approaches all tasks with a ‘can do attitude’ and her demeanor is positive in all respects,” Dullen said.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — The 2011 Hutchison High School graduates have plenty of material for lasting inside jokes with each other.
Valedictorian Ashley Elsberry reiterated a few on stage Wednesday night at their graduation ceremony at Hering Auditorium. Whether it was a teacher inspired to do a handstand due to a student’s good grade or the class’s penchant for saying “like a boss” when bragging, the memories are good for a lifetime.
Although Elsberry said certain teachers may have called the students “slack-jawed knuckle draggers” at one point or another, there were 81 graduates from Hutchison’s “techademic” school.
In their high school careers, the graduates picked a career cluster that narrowed the focus of their academic studies to five different options. They could choose architecture and construction, arts audio/visual communications, information technology, health science or automotives. In their senior year, the students must put together a senior project that defines their unique high school experience.Read full article
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